Moffat to Lead International Physical Therapy Confederation

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 18, 2007 - Physical therapist Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS, FAPTA, of Locust Valley was elected President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) during the WCPT Congress, May 31-June 7 in Vancouver, Canada. Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York University and former president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA), has held numerous national, regional, and local offices in APTA and NYPTA.

"Dr Moffat brings a unique blend of energy, commitment to excellence, and depth of experience to this position," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "We are confident that WCPT will benefit greatly from her expertise, and we're excited to see the contributions she will be making during her tenure."

Moffat has been active in WCPT, representing the North America Caribbean Region on the confederation's Executive Committee since 2003. She served on WCPT's task force that developed a description of physical therapy and helped to develop international standards for education and practice. In 2003, she received WCPT's Mildred Elson Award for International Leadership.

Among her many publications are Age-Defying Fitness and the American Physical Therapy Association's Book of Body Maintenance and Repair. As part of her commitment to research, Dr Moffat is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Dr Moffat has given more than 800 professional presentations throughout her practice lifetime, and she has taught and provided consultation services in Taiwan, Thailand, Burma, Viet Nam, Panama City, Hong Kong, and Puerto Rico.

Dr Moffat is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA. She has been the recipient of the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, the Robert G Dicus Private Practice Section APTA Award for contributions to private practice, Outstanding Service Awards from the New York Physical Therapy Association and from APTA, the Ambassador Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Howard A Rusk Humanitarian Award from the Word Rehabilitation Fund, the United Cerebral Palsy Citation for Service, the Sawadi Skulkai Lecture Award from Mahidol University in Bangkok Thailand, New York University's Founders Day Award, the University of Florida's Barbara C White Lecture Award, the Massachusetts General's Ionta Lecture Award, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist's Alan Walker Memorial Lecture Award, the APTA Minority Affairs Diversity 2000 Award, and the Section of Health Policy's R Charles Harker Policy Maker Award. She was the first recipient of APTA's Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award, and the New York Physical Therapy Association also named its leadership award after her. She was APTA's 2004 Mary McMillan Lecturer, the Association's highest honor. Dr Moffat has been listed in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Education, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. She is also on the Board of Directors of the World Rehabilitation Fund and is a member of its Executive Committee. In addition to her professional associations, she was elected to be a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta. Dr Moffat has served on a Citizen's Advisory Council of the New York State Assembly Task Force on the Disabled, has been a member of the State Board for Physical Therapy in New York, has served as a consultant to the New York City Police Department, and has been a member of the Boards of Trustees of Children's Village and the Four Oaks Foundation.

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy is the only international organization representing over 100 member countries around the world. Its headquarters are based in London.